Gradumacation Day

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Gradumacation Day

Postby SkiFletch » Wed Jun 16, 2010 3:53 pm

It's with some tears in my eyes that I can finally say I had my last infusion today :mrgreen:. Had a lot of fun with my oncologist and the staff. I showed up wearing my graduation hat (whatever they call those square capped things) and robes cause I figured I might as well not dissapoint them and make the scene they know I'm capable of. Mom (breast cancer survivor treated there too) showed up and brought lunch for the entire staff and gave my onc a little personal gift as well. As usual they were so nice and appreciative. And when they brought the pump out, they all came out at the same time humming "Trumpet Voluntary" and carrying a diploma along with them, it was so cool. Big hugs from all and wishes that I'd never need to sit in one of those chairs again. Now we just pray that they're right.

Moving forward, Doc scheduled my PET for the 6th of July, HIPEC consult and then followup with my onc will both be on the 12th. He also finally took me off the injectible Fragmin, no more making my belly sore :D :D. So for the next few days when the side effects creep up, I can laugh at them, knowing they'll be over for the forseeable future. Counting down the hours till the pump comes off, about 11am Friday. I think Kelly and I may have a little tear session when she pulls that needle out and stuffs it in the sharps container.

And a shout goes out to all my chemo buddies out there. There's nothing mystical about me, and if I can get through it, so can you. Wishing eveyone out there goin through it strength and health :)
11/13/09 5cm Stage IV 9/25 lymph nodes w/2cm peritoneal met at 29 YoA
12/15/09 LA right hemi-colectomy
6/16/10 Folfox FINISHED
8/10/10 Prophylactic HIPEC
10/9/10 got Married :D
Still NED and living life to the fullest

"Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life."

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Re: Gradumacation Day

Postby JennyB » Wed Jun 16, 2010 3:56 pm

Congratulations! Here's hoping to only good things from now on!
Jennifer
Wife of Scott, diagnosed at age 34 on 3-27-09, now 37
Stage III-C CC, 15 out of 36 nodes involved
Ulcerative colitis since age 11, colon removed 3-25-09
He finished Folfox on 9-23-09
Permanent ileostomy March 2012
NED so far!

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Re: Gradumacation Day

Postby BrownBagger » Wed Jun 16, 2010 4:01 pm

Dude, I remember your first post after your first infusion. Something along the lines of "This ain't so bad; what's all the fuss about?" Forgive me for observing that you got a little less cocky after each subsequent infusion. You soldiered it out and I know we're all proud of you and pleased that you're all done.

I really liked the people at my infusion center. We had a lot of fun. I sincerely hope that I never see any of them again, at least not on a professional basis.
Eric, 58
Dx: 3/09, Stage 4 RC
Recurrences: (ongoing, lung, bronchial cavity, ribs)
Major Ops: 6/ RFA: 3 /bronchoscopies: 8
Pelvic radiation: 5 wks. Bronchial radiation—brachytheray: 3 treatments
Chemo Rounds (career):136
Current Chemo Cocktail: Xeloda & Erbitux & Irinotecan biweekly
Current Cocktail; On the Wagon (mostly)
Bicycle miles post-dx 10,477
Motto: Live your life like it's going to be a long one, because it just might, and then you'll be glad you did.

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Re: Gradumacation Day

Postby joeyooser » Wed Jun 16, 2010 4:05 pm

That is great! The infusion nurses were so nice, but I told them if I ever saw them again, I'd be very depressed ;-)
Tim
Stage IIIc - 9/23 lymph nodes, poorly diff, 35yo father of 2.
Lap resection Jul 28 09 resulted in near-deadly leak
Finished chemo Feb '10; Takedown March '10;
Nov 2010 - carcinomatosis
May 2011 - Clinical Trial, failed out of trial, in hospice care

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Re: Gradumacation Day

Postby SkiFletch » Wed Jun 16, 2010 4:06 pm

No forgiveness required as you speak the truth Eric :). Can't wait till those memories fade. You better not be lyin about that ;)
11/13/09 5cm Stage IV 9/25 lymph nodes w/2cm peritoneal met at 29 YoA
12/15/09 LA right hemi-colectomy
6/16/10 Folfox FINISHED
8/10/10 Prophylactic HIPEC
10/9/10 got Married :D
Still NED and living life to the fullest

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Re: Gradumacation Day

Postby Candyys03 » Wed Jun 16, 2010 4:06 pm

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Re: Gradumacation Day

Postby SkiFletch » Wed Jun 16, 2010 4:14 pm

Oooh oooh, I just remembered, I get to edit my signiature now :D
11/13/09 5cm Stage IV 9/25 lymph nodes w/2cm peritoneal met at 29 YoA
12/15/09 LA right hemi-colectomy
6/16/10 Folfox FINISHED
8/10/10 Prophylactic HIPEC
10/9/10 got Married :D
Still NED and living life to the fullest

"Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life."

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Re: Gradumacation Day

Postby starbuck30 » Wed Jun 16, 2010 4:57 pm

Fletch, I had tears in my eyes as I read your post. Happy tears, but tears. This forum is destroying my street cred on not being sentimental :wink: . I LOVE your positive attitude and you've been such a big help to me, I can't thank you or express how happy I am for you enough. Good on you, brother. So SO happy for you. A BIG hug and kiss to you and Kelly.

Much love,
Starbuck
2/26/10 Dx'd colon cancer
3/12 complete colerectomy, temporary ileostomy
3/19 pathology came back Stage IIIC CC
4/2 started FOLFOX
Chemo "precautionary", last CT showed NED PLEASE God let's keep it that way
9/16/10 FOLFOX finished! Woo hah!

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Re: Gradumacation Day

Postby HollyID » Wed Jun 16, 2010 5:49 pm

WOOHOO!!! Congrats!! It's gotta feel good that you're over and done with it tomorrow. :lol:

I'd love for my mom to bring our nurses lunch.

I ordered mini cupcakes for my chemo nurses and staff for next week since I'll be done as well with #12. YAY!! :P

I can't believe I went for six months, but so glad I stuck it out, too. Next weeks side effects will be nothing but a bad memory. LOL

Fletch, you're still a stud. Love and Hugs to you and Kelly.

Holly
Holly, 47
11/17/09 colonoscopy;
11/23/09 dx with adenocarcinoma;
12/03/09 LAR
Stage IIIB T3N1M0 1/11 LN
1/12/09 CT NED
1/19/09 Start Folfox
6/24/10 Done with chemo!!!
7/7/10 CT scan. I'm in NED'sville.
9/11/12 colonoscopy for bleeding (staple from anastomotic site)
7/31/15 New tumor discovered near rectum. Biopsied. Adenocarcinoma. CEA 3.5 Lynch negative
8-10/2015 Radiation
12/14/2015 Revision of LAR with new permanent colostomy

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Re: Gradumacation Day

Postby CRguy » Wed Jun 16, 2010 6:19 pm

SkiFletch wrote:And a shout goes out to all my chemo buddies out there. There's nothing mystical about me, and if I can get through it, so can you. Wishing eveyone out there goin through it strength and health :)


That's some serious good mojo coming our way bro', so backatcha with CONGRADUMALASHUNS :mrgreen:

So now that starbuck30 is "watching you from behind" and I am watching her, and we're all gonna be buzzed on dex for a bit anyway....see you online later for the "insomnia sessions at the CClub !"

(( AND we can also all watch Holly when she's done !! Cheers Holly.))

Cheers and many happy returns to the joy of today.

in Harmony on the journey
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Re: Gradumacation Day

Postby Twinsmom » Wed Jun 16, 2010 6:22 pm

YEAH! You can look forward to feeling a lot better very soon!

Wendy
rectal cancer dx 12/19/08 at age 46
49 yrs old
stage IIa
chemoradiation 6 weeks Jan 09-Feb09
surgery 4/13/09, clean margins, temp ileo
Folfox 5/09 - 10/09
Takedown 12/07/09
Clean CT scans April, 2010 and May 2011: NED
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Re: Gradumacation Day

Postby BrownBagger » Wed Jun 16, 2010 6:25 pm

HollyID wrote:next week I'll be done as well with #12. YAY!! :P

I can't believe I went for six months, but so glad I stuck it out, too. Next weeks side effects will be nothing but a bad memory. LOL


We're proud of you too, Holly.

And no, I'm not lying about the memory quickly fading. Too much joy bouncing around in your brain pan; no room for memories of misery.
Eric, 58
Dx: 3/09, Stage 4 RC
Recurrences: (ongoing, lung, bronchial cavity, ribs)
Major Ops: 6/ RFA: 3 /bronchoscopies: 8
Pelvic radiation: 5 wks. Bronchial radiation—brachytheray: 3 treatments
Chemo Rounds (career):136
Current Chemo Cocktail: Xeloda & Erbitux & Irinotecan biweekly
Current Cocktail; On the Wagon (mostly)
Bicycle miles post-dx 10,477
Motto: Live your life like it's going to be a long one, because it just might, and then you'll be glad you did.

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Re: Gradumacation Day

Postby Ashlee H. » Wed Jun 16, 2010 6:51 pm

HaPpY dAncE TiME! Oh what a feeling. And it is so true...it all becomes a memory. Big time congrats on making it to the finish line!

Ashlee
Stage IV w/liver met dx 7-1-09
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Re: Gradumacation Day

Postby seamonkey » Wed Jun 16, 2010 7:00 pm

Skifletch, great job and congratulations on finishing up. Your are a very good chemo soldier and your posts are a great inspiriation to us on the same journey. I can't wait until my own graduation day. Good luck to you and team Fletch and thanks for everything you do.
50 year old male dx 1/12/10
Resection 1/26/10
Stage 2A - T3 N0 M0, moderately differentiated, 0/13 LN+
Finished Chemotherapy 8/26/10
Six years cancer free!

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Re: Gradumacation Day

Postby beccab1 » Wed Jun 16, 2010 7:59 pm

Congrats to you! Wishing you the best!
My husband, Eric, dx @ age 35
Stage IIIb RC (T3N1M0), 3/10
Finished 6 weeks rad/xeloda 5/10
Surgery 7/10, Lap LAR, Colonic J Pouch, Temp. Ileostomy
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